Whistling Straits is one of two 36-hole links-style golf courses associated with The American Club, a luxury golf resort located near Kohler, Wisconsin and north of Sheboygan. The course is located on Lake Michigan and is among the very finest championship golf courses in the US. It has hosted the 2004, 2010 and 2015 PGA Championships and the 2007 U.S. Senior Open, and it is the future site of the 2020 Ryder Cup.
September 3, 2015
I happened on this incredible place quite by accident on my way out of Sheboygan heading up to Algoma to the north. It was early April and the wind was howling. Nonetheless, I knew I was in the big time when I drove through the grounds. I am no golfer, but I have to tell you I was mesmerized by this course. I could not believe my eyes. I'm not sure how anyone can play this course, but they do and did. The organization says this:
"Open, rugged and windswept terrain defines the Straits, sculpted along two miles of Lake Michigan shoreline. Borrowing influences from Irish links courses, the Straits has fescue fairways and massive sand dune bunkers."
And they mean it! I am not sure my photography can do full justice to the sculpted terrain and massive sand dune bunkers. I thought I was in another country, totally fascinated.
I was a bit nervous walking around the grounds because the entire operation was clearly above my pay grade. But no one bothered me, and indeed a very kind lady allowed me to look inside the clubhouse, but graciously asked that I not take photos, so I did not. But I did take some of the outside and I will show these to you. I urge you to visit some day in the summer when all is green.